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The Best Day of Their Lives
by Laura Vietmeyer
Dana and Henry’s romance unfolded in the most ordinary of settings, but their romance is nothing but extraordinary. A touching proposal in Times Square while on a trip to New York led to a wedding planning experience that Dana urges all brides to savor. From a live band to the perfect dress to many cherished moments, Dana and Henry would do their wedding day all over again if they could!
Q How did you meet?
I’d taken a summer job as a real estate intern in the leasing office of a downtown Milwaukee apartment building. Henry was a resident at the time and we saw each other every once in a while. He would stop by the office to ask me questions I knew he already had the answers to. He checked his mail every day just so he could see me and we started talking. Everything was just easy with us.
Q How did he propose?
We were visiting New York City and one night Henry said we had to be in Times Square at a certain time. We got all dressed up because we were going to dinner. He took me to the top of the red stairs in the center of the street and showed me a video of all the pictures from our relationship in chronological order, set to a beautiful song. At the end it showed our dog sitting in a chair with the ring. He then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
Q Who were the first people you told?
We told my parents, and then Henry’s parents.
Q How did you announce your engagement to everyone else? Did you use social media?
We texted a picture of the ring with an announcement to some people, but then we shared it with everyone else with a post on Facebook.
Q What style was your wedding?
Q What was the first detail that you knew you absolutely had to have at your wedding?
I stumbled upon my wedding dress on Pinterest two seasons before it was even out in the stores and I knew it was going to be mine the second I saw it. It had everything I wanted, all in one dress. I never thought I would be fortunate enough to wear a Vera Wang gown on my wedding day.
Q What was the most important item for your wedding that you knew you just had to splurge on?
The band. We knew that we had to have a live band in our concert hall venue.
Q Were there any funny things or moments that happened at your wedding?
During our father-daughter dance, my two-and-a-half-year-old nephew came up to my dad and tugged on his tux because he wanted my dad’s attention. It was the cutest thing ever!
Q What part of your wedding day was worth every penny?
The band! They made the party.
Q Did you have a “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue?”
My something old was a piece of lace from my mother’s wedding dress, which I had wrapped around my bouquet. The something new was my dress, my something borrowed was my mothers pearl bracelet, and the something blue was the embroidery on my garter.
Q Did you do anything special during the ceremony?
My uncle got ordained to marry us, which I will forever be grateful to him for doing. We had a Chuppah for Henry’s Jewish traditions, and Henry broke a glass for us at the end of the ceremony. But, we kept the ceremony short and sweet.
Q What would be one piece of advice that you would offer to future brides?
If you can work it in the budget to get a live band, do it! Also, try to remember to take in every moment during the planning process. Some of it can be stressful, but once it’s over you’ll wish it could have lasted longer.